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Germantown one of only 77 national organizations to receive Big Read grant

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Germantown is again a recipient of a $10,500 grant to host the NEA Big Read.

A program of the National Endowment for the Arts, the Big Read “broadens the understanding of our world, our communities, and ourselves through the joy of sharing a good book.”

Germantown is one of 77 organizations nationwide to receive a grant to host an NEA Big Read project between September 2016 and June 2017.

The NEA Big Read in Germantown will focus on Mark Twain’s “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.” Activities will take place in September and October.

“Germantown is honored to be a Big Read community. Education and lifelong learning are important priorities of the Germantown Forward 2030 plan and this is the perfect way for us to come together to celebrate that commitment,” said Germantown Mayor Mike Palazzolo.

Jane Chu, chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, said, “I have the opportunity to travel around the country and see the way the arts can inspire, allow for reflection, and create new experiences. I look forward to the creative ways these 77 organizations will bring their communities together around a great work of literature through their participation in the NEA Big Read.”

Managed by Arts Midwest, the NEA Big Read offers grants to support innovative community reading programs designed around a single book. The program supports organizations across the country in developing community-wide reading programs which encourage reading and participation by diverse audiences.

Organizations selected to participate in the NEA Big Read receive a grant, access to online training resources and opportunities, and educational and promotional materials designed to support widespread community involvement.

Community partners interested in participating or supporting Germantown’s Big Read may contact Alexa Robinson, City Grants Manager, at ARobinson@Germantown-TN.gov or (901) 751-5726.

Germantown’s 2016 Big Read award is one of 22 grants, totaling more than $1 million, received by the city since July 2013.

These funds have been used to build greenway trail connectors, improve safety for children walking and biking to school, encourage families to read together, promote wellness among Germantown firefighters, educate entrepreneurs, support economic development activities, create historical archives at the Germantown Community Library and more.